herald

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Sharon's stalker admits guilt over harassment and child porn pics

RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain was being harassed by Conor O’Hora between March 2013 and January 2014
RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain was being harassed by Conor O’Hora between March 2013 and January 2014

A Dublin man has admitted harassing RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain and possession of child pornography, and will be sentenced in May.

Conor O'Hora (40), of Heather Walk, Portmarnock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing, without lawful authority or excuse, Ms Ni Bheolain on dates between March 27, 2013, and January 7, 2014.

Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, told Judge Martin Nolan his client was entering the plea on the basis of recklessness.

Guilty

O'Hora also pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing, on a hard drive, child pornography at Heather Walk, Portmarnock, on February 18, 2014.

The charge outlines that the material was a quantity of visual representations that showed persons who were depicted as being children and who were engaged in, or depicted as being engaged in, explicit sexual activity, or as witnessing such activity by any person or persons, or whose dominant characteristics were the domination, for a sexual purpose, of the genital or anal region of children.

Mr Le Vert said his client had been under therapeutic care for four years and asked for time for a report to be put together prior to sentencing.

Judge Nolan set a sentence date of May 16, when the full facts of the offending will be heard.

Conor O’Hora pleaded guilty to a number of different charges
Conor O’Hora pleaded guilty to a number of different charges